1. DNA testing is mandatory in Kuwait.
  2. Elephant polo is a popular sport in India, Nepal and Thailand.
  3. Firing squad is a legal method of execution in Oklahoma.
  4. Dolphins have no vocal cords.
  5. Madonna worked at Dunkin' Donuts before being famous.
  6. No one is ever born in Vatican City.
  7. Winston Churchill believed in aliens.
  8. 100,000 Japanese disappear without trace every year, many to save their honour after a divorce, job loss, failing an exam or debt.
  9. Osama Bin Laden inherited at least US$25 million after his father's death.
  10. It's scientific fact that chicken noodle soup helps relieve symptoms of the common cold.
  11. A theist is someone who is addicted to tea.
  12. Sharks have rush hour too: a study found that shark traffic on major routes around Palmyra Atoll peaked between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.
  13. To be legal, prop money for films in the U.S. must be one-sided and less than 75% or more than 150% of the size of a real banknote.
  14. John Lennon started his singing career as a choir boy at St. Peter's church.
  15. 3623 Chaplin is an asteroid named in honour of Charlie Chaplin.
  16. Half of academic papers are never read by anyone other than their authors, peer reviewers, and journal editors.
  17. Mick Jagger was a porter at a mental hospital before being famous.
  18. Dolphins tenderise octopuses by bashing them around before eating them.
  19. The British Library keeps its collection of over 60 million newspapers in an airtight room with low oxygen so they can't catch fire.
  20. "All Quiet on the Western Front" was banned in Poland for being pro-German and in Germany for being anti-German.
  21. The Japanese embassy in France has a 24-hour helpline for their citizens who didn't find Paris as expected.
  22. Matt Groening designed The Simpson family to be immediately identifiable in silhouette, hence their distinctive hairstyles and head-shapes.
  23. Michael Phelps' training breakfast consisted of an omelette, porridge, three slices of French toast, three egg sandwiches and three pancakes.
  24. The longest known lightning bolt could have reached from Brussels to London.
  25. Russia has 800,000 faith healers but only 640,000 doctors.
  26. The only woman in Einstein's physics class at Zürich Polytechnic married him.
  27. Kanye West worked at the Gap before being famous.
  28. It takes 18 people 900 hours to put out the red carpet for the Oscars.
  29. More species have been named after Barack Obama than any other U.S. president.
  30. The Estonian army travels with pop-up saunas.
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